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Internship BA3


Admission requirements

Bachelor Archaeology first year obtained.


This internship is meant to master your previously acquired practical skills and to enhance your employability opportunities. You can choose between developing an advanced level of fieldwork skills in a Faculty project or at another archaeological organisation, an internship at a museum or a governmental organisation, work on archaeological materials in a laboratory, or databases or GIS projects.

You are expected to arrange your own internship.
You can choose any project or company you would like to get more insight in, and where you want to build up experience with the workflow. However, you should make sure that the skills practiced in the Internship BA3 have an added value to your previous field projects, and lead to a portfolio that shows experience in a diversity of type and level of skills.

An internship is concluded with a report/essay in which the academic/scientific and societal framework, data and analyses are accounted for. The report also includes a critical review of the internship. The instructions for the report can be found on Brightspace.
During Field School 1, Internship BA2, Internship BA3, and throughout the Master programme Applied Archaeology you will build up your own personal portfolio containing all your acquired (field) skills and experiences.

Where to go?

Always start by checking Brightspace: here you can find all the necessary procedures, forms and FAQs. On Brightspace a list of relevant archaeological organisations in the Netherlands is also provided, as are internship possibilities that have come to the Faculty’s attention.


The duration of the internship is at least 15 days of minimally 8 working hours (5 ec). Please note that an internship project that lasts longer than 15 days is only counted as 5 ec. The remaining credits will be stated on the diploma as extra-curricular.
You can schedule your internship in any period in which you do not have educational obligations, including January. But please note that exams and retakes have priority.

Course set-up

The following steps are necessary:

  • Register in uSis/Brightspace;

  • Carefully read the Internship procedures in Brightspace;

  • Find a project in which you can participate;

  • Fill out the official ‘Internship agreement form’ (to be found on Brightspace) with the internship provider (Party B on the agreement form);

  • Send the filled-out ‘Internship agreement form’ to the appointed region coordinator (see Brightspace; Party A on the agreement form). They will check whether the proposed project is indeed admissible as Internship BA3. Arrange for the final approval of your project by the region coordinator no later than:

  • 6 weeks before the start of the project (projects abroad)

  • 2 weeks before the start of the project (projects in the Netherlands);

  • During the project: make daily reports and ask the project leader to fill in the assessment form (to be found on Brightspace);

  • Upload the report within six weeks after the last internship day.

Course objectives

  • Independently procuring an internship position in a professional learning environment;

  • Gaining (more) experience in working in a professional environment;

  • Mastering practical archaeological skills including a critical interpretation of and reflection on methodology;

  • Understanding the relevance of archaeology and heritage in present-day society;

  • Understanding the legal and social context and obligations of a project or company;

  • Ability to report in accordance with the stated requirements in a well-structured academic internship report;

  • Ability to work in a professional team;

  • Enhancing your employability by increasing practical skills needed for a future job.


Not applicable.

Mode of instruction

Practical work.

Assessment method

  • A sufficient level of acquired practical skills. This assessment is made by the internship supervisor (50%);

  • An internship report that complies with the Faculty standards of reports. Internship reports are graded by project leaders of Faculty projects or the internship region coordinator (50%).

A retake is only possible for the final report, in case of a grade of 5.0 or lower, and only if all other requirements have been met, including handing in the report before the deadline.

Assessment deadline

The report needs to be handed in through Brightspace within six weeks after the last day of the internship.

Reading list

To be discussed with internship provider.


Enrolment for the Internship will open as of October 1st.

For lectures, tutorials, and exams, enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.
You are also required to confirm your exam in MyStudymap. No confirmation = no participation!

General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. A.J. (Arjan) Louwen.


Compulsory attendance.